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Dear Colleagues,

​​I recently attended the first in-person meeting of technology commercialization professionals since 2019 at the AUTM annual conference. It was wonderful to reconnect with peers and colleagues from around the country, and energizing to bring new ideas about how we can supercharge our efforts to ensure that every U-M research discovery has its best chance to change the world.

A major topic of discussion at this meeting was the Bayh-Dole Act, which is the foundation of research and commercialization partnerships between universities and the private sector. In this month’s newsletter, we invite you to learn more about the Bayh-Dole Act and how it is more relevant now than ever before. We also provide updates about new team members, highlights from recent startup bell ringing celebrations, as well as a feature on a new innovation from the department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Giving Blueday is March 16, 2022, please consider a donation to the Accelerate Blue Fund. Thank you for your continued support of the University of Michigan’s innovation ecosystem.


Kelly Sexton
Associate Vice President for Research
and Innovation Partnerships

Celebrating Kelly Sexton, 2022 Bayh-Dole Award Recipient, at the
Association of Technology University Managers Annual Meeting
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